Barbecue Sauce Base

BBQ Sauce Base
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  • 30 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: about 2 1/2 cups (40 servings)
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Want to make your own barbecue sauce? Then this is the base you need to get started. This recipe will give you a good, thick tomato sauce that you can then add to.

What You'll Need

  • 16 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 small onion
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 to 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

How to Make It

1. Sauté onion and garlic in olive oil in a saucepan. Cook until transparent.

2. Add lemon juice, salt and pepper, paprika, mustard, and Tabasco. Mix well. Simmer over medium heat for 5 minutes.

3. Reduce heat to low and add tomato sauce and vinegar. Let simmer for an additional 15 minutes.

4. From here you can add whatever flavor you want: brown sugar, honey or molasses for a sweet sauce; chiles and cayenne for a hot sauce; or liquid smoke for a hint of smokiness.

Be creative with it. or liquid smoke for a hint of smokiness. Be creative with it.

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 21
Total Fat 1 g
Saturated Fat 0 g
Unsaturated Fat 1 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 4 mg
Carbohydrates 2 g
Dietary Fiber 0 g
Protein 0 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)